Farm managers program winner

Western Australian farmer Andrew Slade has been named the 2014 Rabobank farm managers program award winner.

Western Australian farmer Andrew Slade has been named the 2014 Rabobank farm managers program award winner.

Mr Slade received the $2000 cash prize at the Rabobank farm managers program graduation dinner, in Melbourne on Thursday, June 19.

Mr Slade was awarded for his dedicated, strategic and streamlined farm business planning approach to the family farming enterprise.

“As part of our family farming operation, we had already been undertaking weekly meetings and annual reviews however I felt it was necessary to set more defined goals and identify the strengths and weaknesses within the business,” Mr Slade said.

“Together with the input of the family members, we identified that a farm business plan should be developed and split into business growth goals, production and process improvement along with family and staff expectations.”

The first part of Mr Slade’s project was to determine the current business performance, the second was to identify areas where they thought they could improve operations using benchmarking as a comparison, and third was to use this information to determine realistic business and productivity goals.

Mr Slade attended the 2013 Farm managers program where it helped him to assess his current business performance and make informed decisions about profitability and enterprise mix.

During his time at the program, Mr Slade created a strategic one page business plan in order to drive his business in a more efficient way.

The results were transformational, for the farm business which encompasses prime lamb and beef, turning 10,000 prime lambs and 800 beef cattle annually along with a 1,000 hectare (ha) cropping program, which is spilt between cereals and canola.

The purchase of additional land, the cropping program increased form 1000 ha to 16000 ha, in order to capitalise on higher profit margins.

Mr Slade said attending the program has allowed him to fully capitalise on the potential of his farm operation.

“It was definitely a worthwhile investment for myself and our business,” he said.

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